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Suffolk County Purchasing Division on behalf of the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning is seeking expressions of interest for Conduct of Scientific Investigations on Seaweed and Shellfish Cultivation Occurring on Leased Sites in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay, Suffolk County, NY.

The Ten Year Review Project, which evaluates the Suffolk County Aquaculture Lease Program (SCALP), will assess all legal and administrative requirements that govern operation of the SCALP, and recommend changes to same for consideration and adoption by the County, is currently underway. In view of the interest that has been expressed by several SCALP leaseholders in expanding their operations to include seaweed cultivation, e.g., sugar kelp; the scope of the Ten Year Review Project was expanded to include analysis of the pros and cons of commercial seaweed cultivation in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay.

Commercial-scale seaweed cultivation is a potential new activity in NYS and Suffolk County and as a potential new activity, it warrants additional investigation. Objective information is needed to answer the policy question of whether or not commercial seaweed culture should be conducted in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay; and if so, where and how it should be approached administratively in conjunction with the SCALP over the long-term.

Seeing the need for more objective information, the Suffolk County Purchasing Division on behalf of the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning is seeking expressions of interest for the Conduct of Scientific Investigations on Seaweed and Shellfish Cultivation Occurring on Leased Sites in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay, Suffolk County, NY. Please see the link below to review the complete RFEI and response package requirements.

REFI Conduct of Scientific Investigations on Seaweed and Shellfish Cultivation Occurring on Leased Sites in Peconic Bay and Gardiners Bay, Suffolk County, NY

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